Rain-hit farmers left to their fate, says BJP

Rain-hit farmers left to their fate, says BJP
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Rain-Hit Farmers Left to Their Fate, Says BJP. BJP State President G Kishan Reddy on Sunday lashed out at Congress-led State and Central governments for neglecting distressed farmers affected by torrential rains.

Centre sanctioned only `2,500 crore against State’s demands `44,900 crore as relief package since 2004, says Kishan Reddy

BJP State President G Kishan Reddy on Sunday lashed out at Congress-led State and Central governments for neglecting distressed farmers affected by torrential rains. He also faulted Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for focusing on stalling the bifurcation process even though the State was reeling under severe crisis.

Addressing press persons here, Kishan Reddy called upon the Chief Minister to change his priorities and lobby with the Union government for a better financial aid to bail out the farmers. He assured full support of political parties including the BJP to the government in this regard. The BJP chief took the opportunity to disclose details of raw deal to the State in terms of relief packages from the UPA government since 2004. While the State sought a total of Rs 44,900 crore as aid for various natural calamities in the last nine years, the amount given was a meagre Rs 2,500 crore (5.5 per cent).

He said,“This type of step-motherly treatment to the State which had contributed more number of MPs in 2004 and 2009 is unfortunate,” he felt.

Assessment method not correct

Kishan Reddy appealed to the government to get its figures right on the extent of loss caused in several districts due to floods. He said, “According to our assessment, heavy spells of rain damaged crops to an extent of 26 lakh acre in over 5,000 villages across 600 mandals. However, the government figures state that crops in only 16.75 lakh acre were damaged.”

Single report to GoM

Replying to a query, Kishan Reddy informed that BJP would send a report to Group of Ministers (GoM). He said that any other report sent by party leaders should be deemed as their individual opinions and not as the party stand.

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